Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Woodland creek" 5x7 oil by Leslie Newman day 21 of 30 paintings in 30 days

Woodland Creek
5x7, oil

This small painting is of a small creek that runs into the White River.
In Cotter, Arkansas.The creek wound around a rocky
 refine and through large boulders sitting in the base of
The creek. I didn't paint the railroad bridge overhead.

Not painted today, but this was painted at a Plein air outing as a "small work"
While at the outing.

I haven't had as much time to "daily paint" this 
Weekend.  The 30 paintings in 30 day 
Challenge I joined (along with
Almost 1200 other people) by 
Palette knife painter,  Leslie Saeta.
I am about 7 paintings short this month, and hope to 
Be able to 
finish the rest of the month.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

"My grandmothers floral painting" day 20 of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challenge

"My grandmothers floral  painting"
Oil on Board

I have this beautiful old painting hanging in my art studio.
It was painted by my Grandmother Hansen, my Dad's mother.

She painted quite beautifully for a good portion of her life.
She was born in 1886 and passed away in 1972.

I know these are to be paintings that we have done, but. I wanted to
Share where possibly I inherited a bit of my talent from. ;))
From what I can tell this was painted approximately
In the 1940's.
My grandma's name was
Estella Gray Hansen. 
She lived in eastern Iowa, Davenport area.
I hope you enjoyed seeing this old painting.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Where's the rooster? 8x8 oil part of 30 paintings in 30 days.

Where's the Rooster?
8"x8" oil on panel

This was a fun painting to do. It needed
A strong focal point. I decided to put in a few white chickens.
The main chicken towards the front is wondering where her rooster friend is?

This painting is on It's way to a good friend
Susie, In Reno, Nevada. Susie and her husband Brian were
Neighbors of our in Des Moines for approx 15 yrs.

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You might have to my painting. I would love to
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Torin" 8x10 oil. Day 11 of the Leslie Saeta 30 paintings in 30 day challenge

Torin  8x10 oil

Meet Torin! She is the sister to my dog Suki.
Torin is owned by my friend Vickie who owns Runrig cairns.

Suki is a real looker and on her way to finishing her
Championship at barely over a yr in age.

My other cairn terrier JJ is a distant relation
To my Suki and Torin. 
I am thankful that Vickie lives nearby, is a friend and has such
Wonderful dogs. I look forward to getting my 3rd
Cairn in 2015. Yes we are Cairn Crazy.

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"Tender leaf "day 10 in 30 paintings in 30 day challenge

Tender Leaf


In my post yesterday I shared a abstract 
Painting called Leaf Abstract .

Today I would like to show a small snippet of part of a leaf
I pressed into my oil painting.
Some of them are more visible than others.
These leaves are scattered throughout the painting. I pressed some of.these
Skeleton leaves after I painted the backs of them, and left some plain.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Leaf scape abstract 16x20 day 30 day challenge day 8

Leaf scape abstract 16x20 oil

This was a fun painting done mostly with
My palette knife.
I have found the older I am getting the more abstract art
Is really getting more appealing.

The creams in this painting morph into
The the crimson reds. Those in turn To the purple blues and finally
To the deeper purples. We have a few yellow oranges that turn into green.

This was done as a gift For my friend Dodie in Des Moines. I think
She really like it! If you look closely, you can see tiny
Pressed leaves that have been pressed into the paint.

I hope you enjoy my leaf scape Abstract!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Prima Dreams by Leslie Newman Day 7 of 30 paintings in 30 days

Prima Dreams
11x14 oil

This is painting is number 7 for 30 paintings in 30 days.
This young ballerina has hopes of being a Prima ballerina some day.
I enjoy the application of thick paint in areas of the background as well as all over her tutu.
I feel that texture in a painting really helps the feel of a
Painting, I hope you enjoy Prima Dreams. 

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"Sky in stream abstract " by Leslie Newman day 6

"Sky in Stream abstract"
8x10 oil
Day 6 in the 30 day challenge

Previously I posted a water scene with a blue
Heron that I mentioned I had submitted to a jury for entry into the 
 Illinois River salon. This is another
Painting I did for the same show. I am pleased
To have had this painting juried into  the Illinois river salon.

This will hang at the Illinois river learning center and be judged
By a museum curator from Crystal Bridges Museum of
American Art.
I am so pleased to have this painting chosen .

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In Leslie Saeta's  30 paintings in 30

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

30 paintings in 30 days day 4 ! Pretty piggy with pearls, oil, 4x6 wrapped canvas

Pretty Piggy with pearls
4x6 oil 

Well, this piggy has a little history to her. If you met three of my four grandchildren......
they would have something in common.
They love stuffed piggies!
What started as a little gift for our oldest grandchild, morphed
Into identical piggies. All stuffed terry pigs identical from the
Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant
In Clive, Iowa, a Des Moines suburb.
Named, momma piggy, daddy piggy, baby piggy, etc.....
So, with the pink and blue colors matching her room, I thought this.would be the perfect addition
To her artwork of various florals I have done in the past.

Piggy will soon be joined by a male piggy with a soccer ball and
Baseball cap for her little brother who requested one for his room:)!

This is day 4 painting in the 30/paintings in 30 day painting challenge 
By palette knife painter, Leslie Saeta.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

30 paintings in 30 days day 3. Hazel 10x10 oil by Leslie Newman


This large wirey haired girl is named Hazel.
How fun She was to paint! Those facial hairs and whiskers were challenging but  fun!
You can't really make a mistake painting them as they
Go every which way.
Hazel belongs to my friend Sue in West Des Moines.
My previous painting on those blog of Penny
Was also done for her to give to her son.
This pose was Hazel on the dock up on lake Okaboji in NW Iowa.
Lake Okaboji is a very deep natural blue lake where their family 
Has a home.
I really emphasized the deep blues to make her coloring stand out.

(Regarding the 30 paintings in 30 day challenge, I have skipped
Day one posting on Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 blog.
I didn't get the posting done quickly enough. So even though this is my 
Second day will
Be posted under day three)

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30 paintings in 30 days! Day 1 Penny, 8x10 oil by Leslie Newman


Penny is the grand-dog of my friend Sue in Des Moines. She asked that I paint Penny
As a gift to her son and his wife. 

She was a lot of fun to do. Penny's owners really enjoy her
Being on canvas to view forever!

Today starts a 30 painting in 30 days challenge. I am a few days late posting my paintings, but will try to catch up quickly!
Leslie Saeta who is a wonderful palette knife painter
From Pasadena, Ca.

Once or twice a yr she holds these 30 day challenges
For any artists to join in from around the world. I believe there are now 
Over 1000 artists taking part in this challenge
Wishing all of us good luck and happy painting!!!

Additional work of mine along with several other
Painters can be seen

I would love comments on my painting and welcome
Your thoughts! 
Thanks, Leslie